Does Acupuncture Help PCOS the answer is YES

By Lucy Townsley | All Posts

Oct 20

Being told you have PCOS is the most devastating news especially if you are trying to get pregnant.  However, I have treated a lot of women in your situations successfully! But sometimes it's not an easy road.  But you can do it, with acupuncture/acupressure points, diet and lifestyle changes, it is possible to get pregnant!

Symptoms of PCOS?

  • Lack of ovulation
  • Insulin resistance
  • Excess body hair and facial hair
  • Skin Problems
  • Overweight or underweight
  • Lack of period or irregular periods
  • Infertility
  • Hair loss
  • High testosterone level

1 in 10 women is diagnosed with PCOS, they usually only find out when they are trying to get pregnant.  I think the reason for this is, your period can be a real pain in your busy lifestyles, so if you have an irregular cycle or no period at all you just don’t really care.  This is true, right.  The only time you are aware of your cycle is when you are trying to get pregnant.  Or you have been to your doctor about your irregular cycle or no periods and he/she puts you on the pill to regulate your cycle, otherwise, you don’t think about it.

There is a method called Rotterdam criteria that your doctors can use to see if you have PCOS, they check 3 things

  1. Irregular menstrual cycle,
  2. High testosterone levels
  3. Cysts on your ovaries,

How do you do this?

With a blood test to check your hormone levels. Scanning your ovaries to check for any cysts, if you have PCOS your ovaries will look swollen with a thick shiny white coat, with lots of cysts.

You need only 2 of the above symptoms to have PCOS.  Do not panic if you have answered yes to any of the 3 questions because you can do so much with diet, exercise sleep, acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Researchers cannot find any reason for PCOS, but they do know that high insulin levels affect your ovaries by producing too much testosterone which affects ovulation.

This is where Chinese medicine is brilliant!

Chinese medicine is thousands of years old and as early as 1200 Chinese doctors recognised PCOS they called it Tian Gui disorder.  Its affects three major organs in the body.

Kidney, Spleen and Liver

  • Kidneys are the Foundation of reproduction,
  • The kidney is responsible for body fluids your Yin fluids and the Yang movement of the fluids
  • The spleen for transformation and transportation of these vital fluids usually known as Yin fluids
  • Liver is responsible for smooth flow on all levels physical, emotional and spiritual

If Kidney and Spleen do not function there is a buildup of fluids, the ovaries swell or become enlarged.  This means in Chinese medicine your Kidney Yang energy is not working and this allows cysts to form. no smooth flow, this creates heat which also forms cysts.  This is a lot to take in, right!  Your Liver allows your menstrual blood to flow, if you have no cycle or irregular cycle your liver is not balanced and you have blood stagnation.

Basically, Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work to restore balance back to your Kidney’s Yin and Yang energy/health, helping to rebalance your hormones and if needed reduce your BMI to get a healthy insulin level and your insulin sensitivity improved.  Using acupuncture increases ovulation up to 90%. If you are trying to get pregnant acupuncture has a 75% success rate in ladies with PCOS.

If you are overweight and have PCOS there is a higher risk of miscarriage.

What can you start doing!!!

  1. Try a supplement called Inositol
  2. Get enough sleep 7 to 8 hours pers day
  3. Exercise is the KING walk 3 to 5 times a week for about 30 minutes, why not walk to work.

Why exercise? -

  • It reduces your insulin sensitivity
  • Helps ovulation
  • Improves cholesterol
  • Helps you lose weight
  1. Eat the right foods, Especially foods full of Omega 3, Salmon is brilliant full of omega 3 essential fatty acid and very easy and quick to cook.

Why do you need to eat food full of  omega 3 with PCOS, those type of food help to reduce testosterone and inflammation levels also can reduce LH level.

  1. Reduce Stress - do something nice for you, meet your friend, have your hair done, treat yourself to a new dress, meditate, read, sit down and relax you are allowed to.

Lifestyle and diet are vitally important in treating PCOS.

Please leave me a comment and ask any questions and I will read and answer all I can

Best of luck on your journey, I hope I can help you become parents

Written by Lucy Townsley

Join me on my “create a bump programme” to get you pregnancy ready.




About the Author

Lucy Townsley Lic TCM Trained in the Zita West IVF and Natural Fertility Method Also Acupuncture, Cupping, Tunia Massage, Facial Rejuvenation, Reiki, Prepared Herbs, Acupressure